The Boat-tailed Hummingbird

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

I led a group of photographers to Butterfly World yesterday and took some great photos of butterflies, hummingbirds, flowers, lorikeets and parrots. I thought I would post these hummingbirds first.

The one to the left is a male broad-tailed (Selasphorus platycercus) hummingbird with a reddish gorget (or throat patch). This little guy is about 10 in long and is native to the western US, northern Mexico and parts of Central America. They eat both insects and flower nectar.




Female Boat-tail


The second photo I believe is the female boat-tailed. Both males and females have green backs and a white crest. The female is duller with a rust-colored neck. Females usually lay but two eggs at time and gestation is about 16 days.

Taken with the incredibly sharp Canon 300L f4 lens and post-processed using Lightroom 3 and Nik Color Effects Pro.

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